Exercises in Cross-Cultural Interaction
We have posted four exercises to explore cross-cultural issues. You can do them on your own or as part of a course or workshop. If you have other exercises to suggest, please send us an email.
Exercise 1: What Just Happened?
In cross-cultural interactions, your customary evaluations and interpretations are more likely to be off-base, because you have less shared meaning and experience to draw on. For this reason, this exercise can help you to develop your skill at handling cross-cultural incidents.
Instructions for "What Just Happened?"
Examples for "What Just Happened"
Exercise 2: Silent Day
The Silent Day exercise is an intense experience. Participants often talk for hours afterward about what they learned from it. In addition to becoming more aware about human communication, as a pre-departure exercise for students or expatriates preparing to live in a foreign language environment.
Instructions for "Silent Day"
Exercise 3: Work Interview
Speak with someone who lives and works in a very different world than your own.
Instructions for "Work Interview"
Exercise 4: Culture as extension of the human body and mind
This short exercise will help you see the objects around you in a new light. Fun!
Instructions for "Extensions"